When you pass the driving test, the examiner will issue you with a test pass certificate which entitles you to drive without supervision. The examiner will also keep hold of your provisional driving licence and send it back to the DVLA who will then issue you with your full driving licence.
Keep your test pass certificate safe as it can be used for evidence that you have passed the driving test. You can usually expect your full licence to arrive in the post within three weeks.
Can I Keep my Provisional Licence?
Yes, you can keep your provisional driving licence after passing the test and send it to the DVLA yourself if you prefer. Some individuals prefer to keep hold of their provisional driving licence because they’re not sure where they want the new full licence to be sent, or for other reasons such as the photo needs updating or they need to keep the licence for identification.
Sometimes examiners forget to ask if you would like to keep hold of your provisional and return it yourself to the DVLA. If they don’t mention it, state to the examiner that you want to keep hold of your provisional and they’ll hand it back to you.
It is important however that you send your provisional licence to the DVLA within two years. If you don’t, you’ll have to take the driving test again. The test pass certificate that the examiner issues you is only valid for two years.
Applying for your Full Driving Licence
To exchange your provisional driving licence for a full licence, you’ll need to fill in the declaration on your driving test pass certificate and send it along with your provisional licence to:
If you’ve changed your name, you’ll also need to fill in a the form ‘D1 – application for a driving licence’, which can be obtained from most Post Offices and provide original documents confirming your identity. If you are updating a photo that is different to your provisional licence, send it along with your application – a fee will apply.